Roy Lichtenstein, Head, 1980.
The incredible explosion of printmaking activity that began in the United States in the 1960s continues to this day. It stands out for the radical spirit of exploration and experimentation that helped to expand the possibilities of contemporary art. The Saint Louis Art Museum will celebrate this reimagining of a centuries-old art form in the exhibition “Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now,” which opens Nov. 11 and will run through Feb. 3, 2019.
“Graphic Revolution” presents this continuing story of contemporary printmaking through more than 110 prints and artists’ editions by a diverse group of artists whose visual imagery helped define the spirit of their time. These include major works in the museum’s collection by Louise Bourgeois, Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Julie Mehretu, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol.
The exhibition looks beyond the artists to explore the creative synergies that emerged between the printers, publishers, dealers and collectors who were critical to the development of American art in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The exhibition also notes the historical fabric of this period as it is represented in St. Louis. “Graphic Revolution” includes important works by Enrique Chagoya, Bruce Conner, Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, Kiki Smith, Frank Stella and Kara Walker on loan from private St. Louis collections.
(© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein.)